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RESCUE US
The Rescue page is sponsored by Akela WholePrey

Here are some of the latest arrivals but there are many more looking for active homes. Yes, there are quite a few collies but there are also other breeds of all sizes and, on occasion, some from outside the UK.

You can now add potential agility dogs direct, using the on-line form. This is a free service for rescue organisations and private individuals!


SNIPPETS

Click on the link in gray for more information...

  • The Inaugural CSJ Agility Open event will take place at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Bucks. on 14-17 June 2018.  (Show Snippets)
     

  • Hinckley camping is now full. (Show Diary)
     

  • The Platinum Summer show this year will be held at a new venue just outside Selkirk.  (Show Diary)
     

  • Agria Pet Insurance has agreed to sponsor the 2017 Brillo Bounce. (Show Snippets)
     

  • With immediate effect all unused jump cups will be removed from jump uprights at UKA shows. (Show Snippets)
     

  • The Tamisje show in August has been cancelled. (Show Diary)

    Ben Alderson (16) has won the YKC Agility Dog of the Year at Crufts with Goose, a seven-year-old Border Collie. (Show Snippets)
     
  • The 2017 World Agility Open Championships Wild Cards have been announced. (Show Snippets)
     

  • Due to circumstances with their venue, the UKA Riot show will not be proceeding in July. They hope to reschedule. (Show Diary)
     

  • Lune Valley camping is full. (Show Diary)
     

  • Members of the YKC agility teams have been announced for the European Junior  Championships in Luxembourg in July 2017. (Show Snippets)
     


NEWS & INFO

Training Places & Spaces
Looking for some new or experienced handlers to fill your classes? If your club has a vacancy or two or is starting a new class, email the details and we will post them for you.
  • TNG Agility (Hants)
  • Whirlwind Agility (S. Bucks)
  • Otley DTS (York)
Qualifiers News
The beginning of the year is the time when when the heats for the various competitions are announced. There is something for every level from Starters to advanced with rosettes and trophies galore and, in some cases, cash prizes so well worth a go.

Training & Education News
Following the sell-out inaugural conference in 2016, the FORWARD Symposium is back on Sunday, 5th February 2017 with a new line-up of speakers, fresh topics and a larger venue of Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey.


E-VENTS

Events added in the last two weeks.

'The Agilitynet site has really helped me in the past to find training courses for me to attend. I have done training courses all over the country and thoroughly enjoyed them.' Marianne Tembey

SCHEDULES

It's not be practical to list ALL the schedules available here for space reasons so we've opted for those that we've received in the last two weeks. The shows in red are closing this week so hurry if you want to enter. Schedules can be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

WHAT'S NEW...

2016 Winning Out Certificates
Unfortunately, the wrong file was sent to the printers for the 2016 Winning Out Certificates which is why they have last years details on them. So very very sorry that this has happened. We hope to get the correct ones out next week. Any more announcements will be made here or on FaceBook. Thank you for your patience.

If you've won out or moved up this year, the 2017 online entry form will go live later in the year.

Agria Brillo Bounce
Country Shows Agility is delighted to announce that Agria Pet Insurance will be supporting the Brillo Bounce competitions with heats around the country for Small and Medium dogs.

Caravan Maintenance
It's time to take the ole caravan out on the road again for the 2017 show season. You might want to reread this article by Dave Camble of Diagnostic Caravans before you set you off for your next show. Better safe than sorry...

Suppliers News
Two students at the U. of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine are undertaking a research project which aims to improve the understanding of the exercise and nutritional demands of the agility dog for the veterinary profession in order to help improve the overall wellbeing of agility dogs in the UK. If you would like to take part in this short survey, click here.

Lower Height Option  Data Analysis
Jo Sermon replies to the findings of the 4th Height Supporters Group research on LHO at Kennel Club shows over a four month period in 2016.

LOW 550
Introducing the LOW 550 Final 2017 Judge...  Stuart Harmes (ta da)

Brickworth Frmhouse B&B
A dog friendly B&B in south Wiltshire, Brickworth Farmhouse has a large field with agility equipment and a special early starter breakfast including cheese, cold meat, toast and cereal.

Agility Wit & Wisdom
Steve Seale wrote about the real joy of agility many years ago and he still feels the same way.

Pic of the Litter
Steve Brown's collie Buddy thinks agility is so easy he can do it with his paws crossed.

AGILITYNET STUFF

Senior Agility League
Since the beginning of the year, more than 300 people - 55 and over - have applied for the 2017. All points count as long as there is a rosette awarded except 'just for fun' and training in the ring competitions.

We have made a change for 2017. Allsorts dogs have been taken out of the main categories and given one of their own. Due to the low numbers, we have combined all the age groups for this award. LHO points will count.

Thank you to our new sponsor for making it all possible. The Big Dg Bed Company makes good quality, comfortable beds for dogs of all sizes as well as specialist, active recovery orthopaedic beds for working dogs.

SPECIALS

Global Judging Program
Global Judging Program is a two day seminar, presented by Greg Derrett and Lee Gibson, which gives judges an opportunity to test their knowledge and enhance their agility judging credentials. It has been designed to make a good judge into an excellent one. Becky Dixon has attended two GJP seminars and shares her experiences.

You Tube
Please do not talk about dog agility... or how a woman turns every conversation into talk about dog agility. Sound familiar?

Beware of Ball Flingers!
They may be fun but they could damage your dog's agility life. Lynn Weterhall shares her story how an innocent thing like throwing a ball injured her dog Smudge.

Proud to Choose LHO
Beth Rachlis has one of those smaller Large dogs. She's found the Lower Height Option made all the difference to her very nervous rescue dog, Izzie.


FLEA MARKET...
(now incorporating Wanted)

Looking for something? Check out the Flea Market for pre-loved agility equipment, car cages, caravans and camping accessories, dog vans and even puppies under the age of 6 months. Buy or sell. The Flea Market is the place to look first.

STANDARD FEATURES

In Memory
The agility world has become a sadder place. Sam McCracken was called home. He was part of an elite group who have qualified dogs for both Champ Obedience and Champ agility.

Judge's A-List
Newly qualified KC and UKA judges, please put your name forward for the Judge's A-List. Show secretaries will be booking shows for next year and it is a great way to get on the radar.

Last 10 judges to join or update their entries:-

  • Clive Foden -  Updated

  • Ian Smith - Updated

  • Pat Wallis

  • Sophie Macbeth

  • Nicki Hyland

  • Alan Mitchell -Updated

  • Jordi Boix Baro (Spain)

  • Lisa Holler

  • Chris Huckle -Updated

  • Jen Slade

  • Hayley Howatt


REVIEWS

DOGGO Parcours
Daniel Gee reviews these agility trainers designed by a German Championship handler and now in the UK for the first time.

Dog StreamZ Smart Collar Review
Sue Culmer offered to review some Dog StreamZ collars which were kindly donated to her rescue to test and here are her findings.

Ball Thrower Bag
News...
The Ball Thrower Bag has now gone international. Someone from California, USA has ordered one!

If you throw, launch or chuck balls for your dogs, you'll want to know more about this new product. Rosie Lander reviews the clever new Ball Thrower Bag.

Agility Course Plans
Looking for some ideas for practicing in the garden or training at Club. Zeffrienne D’Ulivo-Rogers reviews Helen Anderson's new book which is chocked full of more than 250 suggestions for agility exercises and full size ring course plans .

The Adventures of Two Poodles & a Mouse
Gill Pipe reviews the delightful Adventures of Two Poodles and a Mouse. It's is a perfect gift for kids of all ages, not just poodle lovers. Based on two agility dogs and their little friend, it was written by an agility widower Wilfred (aka Derek) Cheek.

iFetch
Julie Tai
t kindly reviewed the iFetch automatic ball launcher for Agilitynet with the help of her dogs Alfie and Poppy. What fun they had!
 

QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'fun run' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a qualifier to suit you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it!

Qualifiers News
The beginning of the year is the time when when the heats for the various competitions are announced. There is something for every level from Starters to advanced with rosettes and trophies galore and, in some cases, cash prizes so well worth a go.

The Animal Health Co Classic
The Animal Health Company will be continuing it's sponsorship of their Classic qualifier with heats around the country. Handlers beware. This is a competition that could get you and / or your dog wet!

Royal Canin® Agility Challenge
International judge Barrie James' reports on the Royal Canin® Challenge Final at the popular Malvern show. It was a cracking final but don't mention the quackers!

Read Howard Richards' account of Team Hollie day out at the Finals to find out what happened from a competitor's point of view.

Skinners Jumping Grand Prix
It
's never easy achieving two clear rounds in a row at speed but the winners of the second Skinners Grand Prix at the Chatsworth Country Fair did just that. The winner had to leave home for the show at 4am but it was worth it.

LOW 550 Scotland
LOW 550 Scotland got underway at Gleniffer  on Saturday, 4th September with a fast, flowing course designed by Judge Aileen Darling. Read her report on the first heat of this competition.

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